2010 Wall Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
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Dark red cherries, plums, smoke, licorice and exotic spices wrap around the palate in the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Wall Vineyard. A wine of true personality and distinction, the 2010 boasts gorgeous richness and purity in its fruit. This is a relatively supple, generous style for Mt. Veeder Cabernet, but it works, and beautifully.
At 1800 feet elevation, Duane Wall’s picturesque vineyard on Mt. Veeder is an ideal spot for growing classic mountain Cabernet Sauvignon. An old site that Duane replanted in 1998, the vineyard comprises a series of steep hillsides and mixed volcanically-derived soils. Accessed through a long, winding road, it’s easy to see why Duane is so passionate about this remote vineyard. The Cabernet Sauvignon vines that cling to its slopes produce small clusters of deeply concentrated grapes that lead to statuesque wines with immense aging potential. This harvest marks the 6th vintage of this wine for Sbragia Family Vineyards.
Rainfall returned after three dry years, pushed bud break, flowering and fruit-set back by at least two weeks at the front end of the growing season, and due to the cloud cover, there was no frost damage in 2010. The summer brought cooler than normal temperatures, the relatively cool growing season coupled with the unexpected heat spikes in late summer resulted in a late and shortened harvest with lower yields. Cooler than average temperatures retuned again in early September, but gave way to a welcome, warm and consistent Indian Summer that was just the ticket, bringing good flavor and color development across the board.
- 80% Cabernet Sauvignon, 20% Cabernet Franc